What is Evolutions?


Evoking Learning and Understanding Through Investigations of the Natural Sciences

The Evolutions (Evoking Learning and Understanding through Investigations of the Natural Science) Afterschool Program is a free science and college-focused program that provides academic support and science career exploration for 120 students from New Haven and West Haven public school districts.. The program focuses on supplementing the formal school experience and encourages students to see themselves as college-bound, scientifically literate citizens. Throughout all four years of high school, students participate in weekly afterschool classes focused on science career exploration, transferable skill development, and college preparation. Together they form a community of STEM-focused, academically driven youth leaders, and represent a key Peabody Museum initiative to bring science and local neighborhoods together.

EVOLUTIONS students participate in hands-on science activities, experience field trips to colleges and universities, and conduct research to produce their own public exhibition on a science topic of their choice. Students also have opportunities for laboratory internships and participate in a youth employment program that provides training on exhibit interpretation. Students in EVOLUTIONS transition into the Sci.CORPS (Science Career Orientation and Readiness Program for Students) component of the program, which offers participants opportunities to develop a sophisticated set of communication and workplace skills. This program includes paid work experience in the Peabody Museum for these students . The Peabody Museum employs these students as interpreters in the galleries.

EVO is Science Literacy

EVO is a program filled with opportunities for high school students to learn more about the natural world. I was able to visit other science museums and dive into various scientific topics from geology to paleontology to anthropology. I have also been able to intern at a Yale research lab where I was able to see how science is applied to the real world. I am able to meet and connect with many people and Yale staff. As a high school student interested in STEM, EVO has been integral in my high school career.

EVO is College Prep

EVOLUTIONS has given me many opportunities such as discovering new careers within the science field. It has changed my life by enabling me to interact with my peers and come out of my comfort zone. EVOLUTIONS has also been a guide for me as a first-generation student, guiding me through the college application process every step of the way. It's been an amazing experience to be part of EVOLUTIONS since my Freshman year of high school. Without EVO, I would not have been able to have the opportunities that got me to where I am today.

EVO is Skill Development

I have never really been into STEM fields but the program has deepened my appreciation of the natural sciences. I've gone out of my comfort zone and made friends with amazing people who inspire me to aim high in my academic career. I've taken advantage of unique opportunities such as participating in an Undoing Racism workshop and interpreting scientific concepts to museum visitors. The program has helped my confidence grow, and I feel more prepared to enter college and change the world for the better.

EVO is Career Exploration

EVOLUTIONS is a place where any student with a passion for STEM can come and flourish. I have met so many fantastic people through EVOLUTIONS, and I have learned about a variety of scientific fields. EVO also provides countless job opportunities to its students, whether it be through a Summer internship, or working in the museum. EVO has done so much for me, and it has provided a way for me to further my passion for STEM.